(SAKHAROV, THE KGB AND THE MASS MEDIA Cont'd)
7 - Released May 30, 1986
in tape 6, released two months before, the emphasis in the seventh
tape is verbal. Released on the eve of Bonner's return to the Soviet
Union, it was again intended to suggest that she was giving a false
account of Sakharov's situation in Gorky and distorting his ideas.
tape shows us Sakharov talking to Gorky citizens about the issue
of nuclear energy, following the accident at Chernobyl on April
26, 1986. He has been accosted on the street by these citizens,
and his answers to their questions are contrasted with statements
attributed to Bonner which were published in the Italian magazine,
Il Sabato. These statements by Bonner are read in Russian
by a female announcer as an English translation is put on the screen.
Bonner, in fact, did not make these statements nor did she even
give an interview to Il Sabato. The newspaper published its
accounts based on remarks from one of Bonner's friends.
each statement, the tape cuts to a montage of Sakharov answering
his street-corner interlocutors. One of these "passers-by" is the
ever-obliging, ever-role-playing Obukhov, by now a regular stooge
of the KGB. Another is a young man with a beard and a hold-all who
says he is a reporter from a local newspaper. In a third setup,
two women have positioned by Sakharov's car. In a fourth, Sakharov
is in a telephone booth, presumably the same as in the March tape
when he was pictured talking to his wife. They have all been rigged
with radio microphones and the camera is hidden across the street.
In one shot a heavy truck passes trough the frame. Toward the end,
as he finishes his conversation with the two women, Sakharov gets
into his car; the young bearded man takes his photograph. The tape
opens with a title in Russian, 'Bonner and Sakharov talk about Chernobyl,"
and it ends with the same title, plus the words, "You have seen
it." Total length 13.45 minutes.
8 - Released June 18, 1986 (not viewed)
reported in the press, this final tape in the series is a recording
of a conversation between Sakharov and Bonner in their apartment
after Bonner's return - a recording obtained, presumably, by bugging
their rooms. Their voices are used as background narration to scenes
of the couple walking about Gorky. Apparently the conversation is
of Bonner reproaching Sakharov for being provoked into discussing
sensitive issues for the benefit of KGB cameras.
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